Sara has been gardening since childhood. Throughout a business career that included a move to the West coast in 1980, she continued to garden, adopting and shedding many gardening styles along the way. Her compost pile is littered with the remains of her fascinations with flowering bulbs, sweet peas, vines, the entire Cercis genus, Rhododendron, Pacific coast iris, lavender, ornamental grasses and most flowering perennials. In 1997 she moved to her present home, in Sonoma County, CA, where she has developed a distinctive style of gardening that emphasizes the use of shrubs and trees rather than herbaceous perennials. Her garden has been the site of numerous tours and workshops to benefit local non-profits, workshops and classes. She is the editor of the American Conifer Society’s website and an editor and contributor to the Society’s Conifer Quarterly. She has been a Sonoma County Master Gardener since 2006 and is a former editor of their website. She has served as a judge for the San Francisco Botanical Garden at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Shows and volunteered at several Bay Area botanical gardens, as well as teaching various garden and botanical groups about conifers. Her garden has been featured in Fine Gardening, Garden Design and Pacific Horticulture magazines and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Her undergraduate degree is in botanical science. She is a member of the Hortisexuals and the International Dendrology Society.
Janice LeCocq discovered her passion for photography in 2007 when, using a Canon Rebel XT “purchased” with a credit card rewards program, she traveled to Japan and found it to be one of the most photogenic places on earth. Even someone who shot “full auto” and had no clue what aperture or ISO meant could find inspiration and get some good images. Encouraged by the results, Jan learned the basics, soaking up everything she could from the online photography education company BetterPhoto.com, as well as web sites, books and videos from the top photographers in the world. Now, six years, two more cameras and a dozen lenses later, she’s shooting on a regular basis.
Like Sara, Jan has always enjoyed writing, but for too long her efforts were limited to business plans, investor presentations and industry analyses. She has recently combined her photography with journalism to publish in an eclectic variety of local newspapers and magazines and professional journals for veterinarians and farriers. Her images are prominently featured in two web sites featuring equine veterinary practices.
Jan has known Sara for over 30 years and shares her passion for design, texture and color. After hours in Sara’s garden, the proposition to photograph and share Sara’s vision was irresistible. Jan’s photos of Sara’s garden have appeared in Fine Gardening, Garden Design and Pacific Horticulture magazines, Dave’s Garden and the American Conifer Society’s website and Conifer Quarterly.